This report describes the typical weather at the Lee C. Fine Memorial Airport (Lake Ozark, Missouri, United States) weather station over the course of an average March. It is based on the historical records from 1992 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Lake Ozark, Missouri has a humid continental climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by forests (95%) and lakes and rivers (5%).
The month of March is characterized by rapidly rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 52°F to 62°F over the course of the month, exceeding 78°F or dropping below 36°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of March, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1:14 hours, implying an average day-over-day increase of 2.4 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is March 1 with 11:23 hours of daylight; the longest day is March 31 with 12:37 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:28am on March 10; the latest sunset is at 7:33pm on March 31; the latest sunrise is at 7:26am on March 11; the earliest sunset is at 6:04pm on March 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) starts at 3:00am on March 11, 2012, shifting sunrise and sunset to an hour later.
The median cloud cover ranges from 38% (mostly clear) to 55% (partly cloudy). The trend is for the sky to be clearing rapidly with the median cloud cover decreasing by 16% from the start to the end of the month.
On March 30, the clearest day of the month, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 47% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 34% of the time.
On March 1, the cloudiest day of the month, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 44% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 37% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around March 31, occurring in 12% of days. Precipitation is least likely around March 1, occurring in 6% of days.
Throughout March, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 100% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around March 31, when it is observed during 12% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in March or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 41% (comfortable) to 85% (humid) over the course of a typical March, rarely dropping below 23% (dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around March 31, at which time the relative humidity drops below 49% (comfortable) three days out of four; it is most humid around March 11, rising above 76% (humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical March, the dew point typically varies from 21°F (dry) to 42°F (dry) and is rarely below 8°F (dry) or above 56°F (comfortable).
Over the course of March typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 14 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 22 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 8 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around March 31, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 14 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around March 12, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).